How to Stop the Windshield Wipers from Skipping on the Glass

by Marisa Swanson

Windshield wipers that skip or rub across the glass can be annoying -- and dangerous. There are various causes for skipping wipers. The rubber may be dried out or corroded from salt or sun. They also could be bent in a way that prohibits correct movement across the windshield. Another cause could be your windshield if it has amassed a film from tree sap or gathered acidity from rain. Take several steps to troubleshoot and remedy the problem.

1

Clean your windshield. This is the cheapest way to begin troubleshooting and fixing the problem.

2

Check the angle of your blade. If a good cleaning doesn't work, check to see that your blade is angled correctly. If it looks badly shaped, replace the arms.

3

Apply windshield wiper lubricant. If your windshield is clean, and the wiper angle is fine, the rubber may be dry. Using directions on package, apply the lubricant to the rubber.

4

Check the windshield for contamination, if the wipers check out. At times, windshield glass can become contaminated. After cleaning, put your hand inside a plastic bag and run it over the glass. If the texture is pebbly, it is contaminated.

5

Apply clay to the windshield. If the glass is contaminated, you can "clay" it. Usually, claying is to remove a pebbly texture on car paint, but it works on the windshield as well. Buy a clay bar and clay lubricant, available at auto stores. Directions are on the package.

6

Buy new wiper blades if the problem persists.

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